Lifeguard Training | West Suburban YMCA


American Red Cross Lifeguard Training

Become an American Red Cross certified lifeguard.

Please email Amanda or call our aquatics department at (617) 244-6050 x3650 for more information regarding our Lifeguard Training Classes.


Lifeguard Training Course Pre-Requisites:

  • At least 15 years of age
  • Must be able to swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing.
  • Must be able to tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  • Must complete the Time Event in 1 minute and 40 seconds (goggles may not be used):
    • Start in water, swim 20 yards
    • Surface dive (feet-first or head-first) to a depth of 7-10 feet and retrieve a 10lb object
    • Surface and swim the 20 yards on back with both hands holding the object
    • Exit without use of a ladder or stairs


To receive certifications in Lifeguard Training, CPR/AED and First Aid:

  • Must complete and pass ALL practical portions of the course
  • Receive 80% of higher on each protion of the written exams

Swim - Lifeguard Training

ARC LG Online Blended Learning

American Red Cross - Lifeguard Training Course

Become an American Red Cross certified Lifeguard. Learn the practical skills necessary to recognize a critical situation and provide lifesaving care to individuals in the water. CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid certifications are included in the course.
Participants MUST be present for all days/times of the course.

If these dates/times do not work for your schedule, please contact the Aquatics Department for more details about upcoming courses.

FA: $250 | Y: $250 | C: $350

Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
ARC LG Online Blended Learning - November 23-24, 9am-4pm AQ980 Mon, Tue/09:00 AM - 04:00 PM 15 years and up Youth or Teen $250.00
Family or Adult $250.00
NonMember $350.00

Online Registration